Parking has students concerned
Published: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 13, 2012 18:09
Many students have had concerns with parking on campus; among these concerns are finding open spaces, paying parking fines and where the money from fines goes.
Vera Forrest, public relations manager for Parking Services, said that around 600 citations were given out the first week of school, “most of which were warning citations with no due fine.”
Those tickets that did have fines totaled out to about $7,500. The total amount of fines from last year (including traffic citations from UPD) was about $450,000.
Kaycie Taylor, a freshman business education major of Hot Springs, said she hopes the money is for making improvements to the school or scholarship funds.
Taylor was issued a $25 ticket for placing her parking sticker in the wrong spot.
Forrest said that failure to display a valid permit is the most common violation.
Sophomore Tyler Durham, an international business major of Cave City, was given a $25 ticket for parking in a non-parking spot. He said there were no available parking spots left. “I parked in the commuter’s lot behind the Kays lot,” Durham said. “People were parked on the grass. I had five minutes to get to class. I had no option. There was a little space of grass that I parked on.”
After receiving four tickets Durham said he would like to know where the fine money goes. “On top of the parking tickets we pay $50 apiece for our parking passes,” he said.
According to Parking Services the money is directed back into the department.
“Funds generated by department services and activities go toward funding department operations,” Forrest said. Funds are also used for maintenance of the campus parking infrastructure.
Shelby Chappell, a freshman biology major of Dexter, Mo., also received a $25 ticket.
She hopes that the money is used for building more parking. According to ASU’s Master Plan presented in April, this could be a possibility.
For students, the most exciting part of the plan could be the proposed new parking ramp near Dean Street, as well as more surface parking on the edge of campus next to the Armory. The plan also calls for removal of parking from the core of campus to make room for more building sites and other parking structures.
The Master Plan contains statistics about current people to parking spots ratios, as well as ratios related to proposed parking. The current people to parking spots ratio is 1.28-to-1.
Durham noted he is concerned with paying for a $50 parking permit on top of tickets. The Master Plan proposes that parking fees should be unbundled from other student fees, and parking permits should be priced strategically.
To view the ASU Master Plan visit http://www2.astate.edu/a/finance-admin/.
“I would think that the library is the best place to park, especially at night. The worst time to park is usually Sunday night. I get back from church at 10:30 or 11 and there aren’t any spots then.”
-Bethany Hollis, a senior clinical lab sciences major of Kingsland.
“The best place to park is by the Agri. building and the worst time to find a spot is mid-afternoon.”
-Zach Faulkner, freshman biological sciences major of Paragould
“I think over by the HPESS is our best spot. You have to come extra early if you want a good spot. If you don’t come before 9 a.m. you probably won’t find a space.”
-Jammie White, a junior nursing major of West Memphis.